York City in the market for loan striker

York City boss Nigel Worthington is eyeing a possible loan move this month

York City boss Nigel Worthington is eyeing a possible loan move this month

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YORK City could still strengthen their strikeforce during the run-in to the end of their Sky Bet League Two campaign.

Manager Nigel Worthington would have until Thursday, March 27 to recruit a new forward before the window for loan signings closes.

Top-two scorers Wes Fletcher and Ryan Jarvis were both on the bench for Saturday’s 1-0 win at AFC Wimbledon, where recently-converted centre-foward Michael Coulson scored the only goal of the game.

Ryan Bowman has also started the last 11 matches up front, although he has not netted in nine outings prior to tonight’s trip to Mansfield.

City chief Worthington believes the attacking quartet are as strong as any other group in the Football League’s basement tier when on form and injury free.

But, with Fletcher and Jarvis having both had spells on the sidelines recently and at other stages this term, Worthington is still scouting around for possible reinforcements.

He said: “Michael Coulson has been putting real shifts in and has now brought a few goals into the bargain, which is a big plus. Ryan Bowman needs to put the ball in the net to get him through this lean spell and then more should come.

“Jarv and Wes have had their injuries that have hampered them but, when the four of them are fit and on top of their games, I think they are as good as anything in the division. If I could bring in another forward before March 27 to mix things up, though, I would love to do it.

“It would need to be the right individual to add to what we have got and maybe even make us better if possible, although it’s not always an easy position to fill.”

Thirteen-goal Fletcher came on as a second-half substitute at Kingsmeadow after missing two matches with a groin problem and Worthington is now mulling over whether to recall him to the starting XI, with Bowman the most likely candidate to make way.

On his selection options at Field Mill, Worthington added: “You have to make decisions as a manager and can’t shy away from them. If we do make changes, I will explain it to the outgoing and incoming players.

“It’s never about any individual. It’s about a squad of players.”

Mansfield are currently eight positions behind ninth-placed City but a home win this evening would close the gap on their visitors to a single point.

Worthington is expecting another physical contest and has warned his players that they will need to pay particular close attention to front two Sam Clucas and Matt Rhead, saying: “We must be as committed as Mansfield, otherwise they will over-power us with their aggressive play.

“Clucas is a very, very good player up front and the big lad Rhead does the work of three players. After that, they have got a group of good, honest, hard-working and fit professionals who will give their all.

“You have to admire and respect that but, if we do our jobs, we know we can win the match.”

John McCombe, who switched from tonight’s hosts to Bootham Crescent in January, will be tasked with keeping Rhead and Clucas quiet and Worthington has been delighted the towering centre-back has regained his love for the game following a frustrating spell with the Stags.

“Big John is a super lad,” the City boss enthused. “He’s enjoyed his football since he came here and has played with freedom, while enjoying the surroundings here and the welcome he has received.

“That’s great from my point of view because when you have happy players within your ranks it can take you a long way.”

With seventh-placed Southend visiting a Scunthorpe side unbeaten since the turn of the year while City tackle Mansfield, there is also potential for Worthington’s men to close the four-point gap to the play-off positions.

But he remains uninterested in extolling promotion prospects.

“We are playing catch-up as far as the play-offs are concerned and there are still teams with games in hand who can go above us,” he pointed out. “You may as well talk through your hat if you talk about the play-offs, but we have just got to keep picking up as many points as possible.

“We will win points and drop points and so will teams above and below us. We have just got to wait and see where we are after that final whistle at Scunthorpe because anything can still happen.”

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12:53pm Tue 11 Mar 14

dbrs88 says...

Cue lots of comments about not giving shaq macdonald game time...
Cue lots of comments about not giving shaq macdonald game time... dbrs88
  • Score: 1

12:59pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Justin7 says...

But it needs to be asked, what is going on with him?
But it needs to be asked, what is going on with him? Justin7
  • Score: 6

1:50pm Tue 11 Mar 14

duffy says...

Can we just not accept the guy has not shown enough and will never play for us. I had forgotten he was still here.
Can we just not accept the guy has not shown enough and will never play for us. I had forgotten he was still here. duffy
  • Score: 9

2:30pm Tue 11 Mar 14

robiniorocks says...

Good - you have to say that NW is very canny. We need to keep our strikers on their toes and this will certainly do that. So far NW has developed a hard working team that now has muscle and can mix it with any team in L2 and still play football. It takes time to get the balance right and we are now starting to show real potential. So it is important that NW keeps his foot on the gas and that we do not get complacent. He is here to succeed in a professional style and we have room to be optimistic even though we still have an awful lot to do.

Regarding Macdonald then clearly he is not ready yet or NW would play him. He was always a gamble and one worth taking. Same with Puri who i still hope will play a part at some time.

But bottom line is that NW is the manager and does not take fools lightly. It is his team so he will live or die by it based on the players delivering or they move on. So far I think he is doing a brilliant job in the rebuilding and we are already looking in good shape for next season. Yes it would be nice to achieve something this season but lets keep our feet on the ground and take it game by game.
Good - you have to say that NW is very canny. We need to keep our strikers on their toes and this will certainly do that. So far NW has developed a hard working team that now has muscle and can mix it with any team in L2 and still play football. It takes time to get the balance right and we are now starting to show real potential. So it is important that NW keeps his foot on the gas and that we do not get complacent. He is here to succeed in a professional style and we have room to be optimistic even though we still have an awful lot to do. Regarding Macdonald then clearly he is not ready yet or NW would play him. He was always a gamble and one worth taking. Same with Puri who i still hope will play a part at some time. But bottom line is that NW is the manager and does not take fools lightly. It is his team so he will live or die by it based on the players delivering or they move on. So far I think he is doing a brilliant job in the rebuilding and we are already looking in good shape for next season. Yes it would be nice to achieve something this season but lets keep our feet on the ground and take it game by game. robiniorocks
  • Score: 15

2:37pm Tue 11 Mar 14

bill bailey says...

duffy wrote:
Can we just not accept the guy has not shown enough and will never play for us. I had forgotten he was still here.
Yes your right Duffy. I have the feeling there will be a mini exodus before the end of March, I hope he keeps Puri, we need a player of his skill in the team. he could slot in anywhere in the midfield or on the wing he plays there for Estonia.
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: Can we just not accept the guy has not shown enough and will never play for us. I had forgotten he was still here.[/p][/quote]Yes your right Duffy. I have the feeling there will be a mini exodus before the end of March, I hope he keeps Puri, we need a player of his skill in the team. he could slot in anywhere in the midfield or on the wing he plays there for Estonia. bill bailey
  • Score: 1

3:00pm Tue 11 Mar 14

haveapasty says...

The fact he is saying he is looking for a new striker suggests to me that he is not settling for the top half or mid table but wants a few more goals to push us on to the play offs. Scunthorpe could do us a favour turning over Southend tonight and Wycombe, in good form, getting a result against Plymouth and a city win could leave us a point off the play offs! COYR
The fact he is saying he is looking for a new striker suggests to me that he is not settling for the top half or mid table but wants a few more goals to push us on to the play offs. Scunthorpe could do us a favour turning over Southend tonight and Wycombe, in good form, getting a result against Plymouth and a city win could leave us a point off the play offs! COYR haveapasty
  • Score: 4

3:38pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Southern Exile says...

haveapasty wrote:
The fact he is saying he is looking for a new striker suggests to me that he is not settling for the top half or mid table but wants a few more goals to push us on to the play offs. Scunthorpe could do us a favour turning over Southend tonight and Wycombe, in good form, getting a result against Plymouth and a city win could leave us a point off the play offs! COYR
Spot on, shows the ambition that a few have been questioning...
[quote][p][bold]haveapasty[/bold] wrote: The fact he is saying he is looking for a new striker suggests to me that he is not settling for the top half or mid table but wants a few more goals to push us on to the play offs. Scunthorpe could do us a favour turning over Southend tonight and Wycombe, in good form, getting a result against Plymouth and a city win could leave us a point off the play offs! COYR[/p][/quote]Spot on, shows the ambition that a few have been questioning... Southern Exile
  • Score: 2

3:44pm Tue 11 Mar 14

T.R.M1974 says...

haveapasty wrote:
The fact he is saying he is looking for a new striker suggests to me that he is not settling for the top half or mid table but wants a few more goals to push us on to the play offs. Scunthorpe could do us a favour turning over Southend tonight and Wycombe, in good form, getting a result against Plymouth and a city win could leave us a point off the play offs! COYR
Did not work out for Puri in Scotland and it looks as though its not going to here, in the few outings i've seen him, this youtube appearance against Brazil seems to be a flash in the pan and his reputation is built around that. Anyhow we have bigger fish to fry tonight COYR!
[quote][p][bold]haveapasty[/bold] wrote: The fact he is saying he is looking for a new striker suggests to me that he is not settling for the top half or mid table but wants a few more goals to push us on to the play offs. Scunthorpe could do us a favour turning over Southend tonight and Wycombe, in good form, getting a result against Plymouth and a city win could leave us a point off the play offs! COYR[/p][/quote]Did not work out for Puri in Scotland and it looks as though its not going to here, in the few outings i've seen him, this youtube appearance against Brazil seems to be a flash in the pan and his reputation is built around that. Anyhow we have bigger fish to fry tonight COYR! T.R.M1974
  • Score: 3

4:05pm Tue 11 Mar 14

bill bailey says...

T.R.M1974 wrote:
haveapasty wrote:
The fact he is saying he is looking for a new striker suggests to me that he is not settling for the top half or mid table but wants a few more goals to push us on to the play offs. Scunthorpe could do us a favour turning over Southend tonight and Wycombe, in good form, getting a result against Plymouth and a city win could leave us a point off the play offs! COYR
Did not work out for Puri in Scotland and it looks as though its not going to here, in the few outings i've seen him, this youtube appearance against Brazil seems to be a flash in the pan and his reputation is built around that. Anyhow we have bigger fish to fry tonight COYR!
Brazil played two men on him , he gave both the run a round to the extent he was hacked down many a time. no English player was afforded the same respect , you may be right or wrong but I think he has a role to play.
[quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]haveapasty[/bold] wrote: The fact he is saying he is looking for a new striker suggests to me that he is not settling for the top half or mid table but wants a few more goals to push us on to the play offs. Scunthorpe could do us a favour turning over Southend tonight and Wycombe, in good form, getting a result against Plymouth and a city win could leave us a point off the play offs! COYR[/p][/quote]Did not work out for Puri in Scotland and it looks as though its not going to here, in the few outings i've seen him, this youtube appearance against Brazil seems to be a flash in the pan and his reputation is built around that. Anyhow we have bigger fish to fry tonight COYR![/p][/quote]Brazil played two men on him , he gave both the run a round to the extent he was hacked down many a time. no English player was afforded the same respect , you may be right or wrong but I think he has a role to play. bill bailey
  • Score: 0

4:28pm Tue 11 Mar 14

T.R.M1974 says...

bill bailey wrote:
T.R.M1974 wrote:
haveapasty wrote:
The fact he is saying he is looking for a new striker suggests to me that he is not settling for the top half or mid table but wants a few more goals to push us on to the play offs. Scunthorpe could do us a favour turning over Southend tonight and Wycombe, in good form, getting a result against Plymouth and a city win could leave us a point off the play offs! COYR
Did not work out for Puri in Scotland and it looks as though its not going to here, in the few outings i've seen him, this youtube appearance against Brazil seems to be a flash in the pan and his reputation is built around that. Anyhow we have bigger fish to fry tonight COYR!
Brazil played two men on him , he gave both the run a round to the extent he was hacked down many a time. no English player was afforded the same respect , you may be right or wrong but I think he has a role to play.
Josh Carson has not been very consistent Bill and he can't get picked in front of him, i think NW has made his mind up who knows?
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]haveapasty[/bold] wrote: The fact he is saying he is looking for a new striker suggests to me that he is not settling for the top half or mid table but wants a few more goals to push us on to the play offs. Scunthorpe could do us a favour turning over Southend tonight and Wycombe, in good form, getting a result against Plymouth and a city win could leave us a point off the play offs! COYR[/p][/quote]Did not work out for Puri in Scotland and it looks as though its not going to here, in the few outings i've seen him, this youtube appearance against Brazil seems to be a flash in the pan and his reputation is built around that. Anyhow we have bigger fish to fry tonight COYR![/p][/quote]Brazil played two men on him , he gave both the run a round to the extent he was hacked down many a time. no English player was afforded the same respect , you may be right or wrong but I think he has a role to play.[/p][/quote]Josh Carson has not been very consistent Bill and he can't get picked in front of him, i think NW has made his mind up who knows? T.R.M1974
  • Score: 3

5:19pm Tue 11 Mar 14

OLD - HEAD says...

If NW thinks that we need another striker, then we need another striker. Surely the Shaq McDonald discussion is dead, he will probably never play a game for York City. Also the Manager obviously doesnt rate Sander Puri as highly as "Bill Bailey" does. Signing free transfer players is like buying batteries from the pound shop - "Sometimes they work, and sometimes they dont".
If NW thinks that we need another striker, then we need another striker. Surely the Shaq McDonald discussion is dead, he will probably never play a game for York City. Also the Manager obviously doesnt rate Sander Puri as highly as "Bill Bailey" does. Signing free transfer players is like buying batteries from the pound shop - "Sometimes they work, and sometimes they dont". OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 8

6:32pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Tamworth 2 return says...

Justin7 wrote:
But it needs to be asked, what is going on with him?
I think we need to ask Bill Bailey whats happening with Shaq Mac

I know he spends time watching the players in training so I'm sure he is well placed to let us all know the situation.

Also, sad to see Chris Powell has been given the boot at Charlton. We now only have 1 Black or Mixed race manager in the top 4 divisions of English football - very sad situation imo.

Hope the new Charlton boss doesn't decide to recall all loan players,
[quote][p][bold]Justin7[/bold] wrote: But it needs to be asked, what is going on with him?[/p][/quote]I think we need to ask Bill Bailey whats happening with Shaq Mac I know he spends time watching the players in training so I'm sure he is well placed to let us all know the situation. Also, sad to see Chris Powell has been given the boot at Charlton. We now only have 1 Black or Mixed race manager in the top 4 divisions of English football - very sad situation imo. Hope the new Charlton boss doesn't decide to recall all loan players, Tamworth 2 return
  • Score: 0

7:36pm Tue 11 Mar 14

bill bailey says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
If NW thinks that we need another striker, then we need another striker. Surely the Shaq McDonald discussion is dead, he will probably never play a game for York City. Also the Manager obviously doesnt rate Sander Puri as highly as "Bill Bailey" does. Signing free transfer players is like buying batteries from the pound shop - "Sometimes they work, and sometimes they dont".
I asked someone at the club 2 weeks ago on this forum to make a statement on the McDonald situation but nothing so far, As far as Sander Puri is concerned I have seen many videos of Estonia with Sander playing and I rate him as NW di when he signed the lad,
As the signing players on a free, can you tell me of the present squad who cost us a fee, Bowman, is one , who's the others this season ? I did tell you on here Pope was a class act , that came from a coach I spoke to who had seen him at Charlton, But some thought he shouldn't have been first choice, I know he's a loan but he's here till the end of the season, We paid money for Smith, he didn't come from the pound shop,
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: If NW thinks that we need another striker, then we need another striker. Surely the Shaq McDonald discussion is dead, he will probably never play a game for York City. Also the Manager obviously doesnt rate Sander Puri as highly as "Bill Bailey" does. Signing free transfer players is like buying batteries from the pound shop - "Sometimes they work, and sometimes they dont".[/p][/quote]I asked someone at the club 2 weeks ago on this forum to make a statement on the McDonald situation but nothing so far, As far as Sander Puri is concerned I have seen many videos of Estonia with Sander playing and I rate him as NW di when he signed the lad, As the signing players on a free, can you tell me of the present squad who cost us a fee, Bowman, is one , who's the others this season ? I did tell you on here Pope was a class act , that came from a coach I spoke to who had seen him at Charlton, But some thought he shouldn't have been first choice, I know he's a loan but he's here till the end of the season, We paid money for Smith, he didn't come from the pound shop, bill bailey
  • Score: -1

10:00pm Tue 11 Mar 14

YorkCityLuke says...

Nothing like taking 3 points away from Field Mill to the dulcet tones of enraged Mansfield fans. Well done to all involved.
Nothing like taking 3 points away from Field Mill to the dulcet tones of enraged Mansfield fans. Well done to all involved. YorkCityLuke
  • Score: 22

10:06pm Tue 11 Mar 14

alimount says...

Worthington Out crew gone very quiet of late... ;)
Worthington Out crew gone very quiet of late... ;) alimount
  • Score: -6

12:08am Wed 12 Mar 14

23rdApril1966 says...

Great 3 points, awful match. A war of attrition. Cracked record but as with Fleetwood and Wimbledon away the central defenders and keeper were superb. Only concern I had was that the ref would even things up and give them a penalty, then lo and behold we get a second and miss it.
Very little in terms of attacking intent but we sure have grown into the League since NYD. Not pretty but would take a scruffy 1-0 over a glitzy 1-1 any day. We do need to find a way of winning with some touches of flair at home though.
And as for the lucky maroon jumper.......worn away five, won away five......Cobblers, Codheads, Pilgrims, Wombles and one Stags. Pompey bound for sure.
Great 3 points, awful match. A war of attrition. Cracked record but as with Fleetwood and Wimbledon away the central defenders and keeper were superb. Only concern I had was that the ref would even things up and give them a penalty, then lo and behold we get a second and miss it. Very little in terms of attacking intent but we sure have grown into the League since NYD. Not pretty but would take a scruffy 1-0 over a glitzy 1-1 any day. We do need to find a way of winning with some touches of flair at home though. And as for the lucky maroon jumper.......worn away five, won away five......Cobblers, Codheads, Pilgrims, Wombles and one Stags. Pompey bound for sure. 23rdApril1966
  • Score: 7

8:53am Wed 12 Mar 14

bill bailey says...

alimount wrote:
Worthington Out crew gone very quiet of late... ;)
You are right.. Just wait , when we loose one , they will come out of hibernation ,
[quote][p][bold]alimount[/bold] wrote: Worthington Out crew gone very quiet of late... ;)[/p][/quote]You are right.. Just wait , when we loose one , they will come out of hibernation , bill bailey
  • Score: -5

10:20am Wed 12 Mar 14

pip007 says...

bill bailey wrote:
alimount wrote:
Worthington Out crew gone very quiet of late... ;)
You are right.. Just wait , when we loose one , they will come out of hibernation ,
Check the results between August 10 and December 29. Then check the results between January 1 and March 11. Compare one with the other. It's not rocket surgery. Mr. Worthington is starting to prove his doubters wrong. All credit to him. Only the simple-minded 'I told you so' brigade are still banging on about this. The rest of us have moved on and are enjoying the results.
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alimount[/bold] wrote: Worthington Out crew gone very quiet of late... ;)[/p][/quote]You are right.. Just wait , when we loose one , they will come out of hibernation ,[/p][/quote]Check the results between August 10 and December 29. Then check the results between January 1 and March 11. Compare one with the other. It's not rocket surgery. Mr. Worthington is starting to prove his doubters wrong. All credit to him. Only the simple-minded 'I told you so' brigade are still banging on about this. The rest of us have moved on and are enjoying the results. pip007
  • Score: 24

10:21am Wed 12 Mar 14

pip007 says...

We are currently top of the form table. That means we are the team everyone else is worrying about. Brilliant! If we can keep this run going we're on target to win the Premier League title in 2017!
We are currently top of the form table. That means we are the team everyone else is worrying about. Brilliant! If we can keep this run going we're on target to win the Premier League title in 2017! pip007
  • Score: 12

10:32am Wed 12 Mar 14

yorkandproud says...

1030am on day after Mansfield away victory. No report on last nights game. But we know there is extra dog walking place in Escrick.. If you had no reporter there, I will come down and write one for you . Come on Press, get your act together. COYR.
1030am on day after Mansfield away victory. No report on last nights game. But we know there is extra dog walking place in Escrick.. If you had no reporter there, I will come down and write one for you . Come on Press, get your act together. COYR. yorkandproud
  • Score: 26

8:46am Sat 15 Mar 14

uhtred says...

yorkandproud wrote:
1030am on day after Mansfield away victory. No report on last nights game. But we know there is extra dog walking place in Escrick.. If you had no reporter there, I will come down and write one for you . Come on Press, get your act together. COYR.
The City football reports and news appear in the paper when they are printed and some time before they appear on the internet site, usually around noon. Presumably a commercial decision in the hope you will rush out and buy a copy. Most other stories are released simultaneously. Personally can't see that such a strategy would have anything other than a minimal effect on sales of the paper. You can always read the back page in Tescos without purchasing if you are really desperate ☺
[quote][p][bold]yorkandproud[/bold] wrote: 1030am on day after Mansfield away victory. No report on last nights game. But we know there is extra dog walking place in Escrick.. If you had no reporter there, I will come down and write one for you . Come on Press, get your act together. COYR.[/p][/quote]The City football reports and news appear in the paper when they are printed and some time before they appear on the internet site, usually around noon. Presumably a commercial decision in the hope you will rush out and buy a copy. Most other stories are released simultaneously. Personally can't see that such a strategy would have anything other than a minimal effect on sales of the paper. You can always read the back page in Tescos without purchasing if you are really desperate ☺ uhtred
  • Score: 0

8:46am Sat 15 Mar 14

uhtred says...

yorkandproud wrote:
1030am on day after Mansfield away victory. No report on last nights game. But we know there is extra dog walking place in Escrick.. If you had no reporter there, I will come down and write one for you . Come on Press, get your act together. COYR.
The City football reports and news appear in the paper when they are printed and some time before they appear on the internet site, usually around noon. Presumably a commercial decision in the hope you will rush out and buy a copy. Most other stories are released simultaneously. Personally can't see that such a strategy would have anything other than a minimal effect on sales of the paper. You can always read the back page in Tescos without purchasing if you are really desperate ☺
[quote][p][bold]yorkandproud[/bold] wrote: 1030am on day after Mansfield away victory. No report on last nights game. But we know there is extra dog walking place in Escrick.. If you had no reporter there, I will come down and write one for you . Come on Press, get your act together. COYR.[/p][/quote]The City football reports and news appear in the paper when they are printed and some time before they appear on the internet site, usually around noon. Presumably a commercial decision in the hope you will rush out and buy a copy. Most other stories are released simultaneously. Personally can't see that such a strategy would have anything other than a minimal effect on sales of the paper. You can always read the back page in Tescos without purchasing if you are really desperate ☺ uhtred
  • Score: 0

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